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  • FILE - This Feb. 20, 2013 file photo, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi leave federal court in Washington. On Monday, July 1, 2013, federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson in a brief note postponed the Wednesday, July 3 sentencing of Jackson for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items. She didnít immediately set a new date. Jacksonís wife, Sandi, was to be sentenced Wednesday on a related conviction. Her sentencing is also delayed. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Monday, July 01, 2013 4:57 pm

Sentencing delayed for Jesse Jackson Jr., wife

The Associated Press

A federal judge on Monday postponed the sentencing hearing for former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, noting it was being done to "accommodate the court" and not at the request of the couple's attorneys or the prosecution.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., posted a brief note on the court's docket saying Wednesday's hearing for the Chicago Democrat and his wife would be held later. She didn't set a new date.

Jackson, the son of civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., pleaded guilty this year to spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, including a gold-plated Rolex and mounted elk heads, among other things.

He faces a maximum five-year prison term. Under his plea agreement, Jackson must pay back the $750,000 and he will be subject to a host of other financial penalties.

Jackson's wife, Sandi Jackson, was to be sentenced at the same hearing on a related conviction.

Last week, prosecutors filed a forfeiture motion listing the Jackson's two homes, which observers said could result in them losing one or both of them.

The Jacksons have two school-aged children, and the judge must decide whether to stagger their sentences so that they won't both be in prison at the same time.